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Soil Mechanics Safety Training Course


When considering the soil mechanics definition, it's essential to understand how this topic affects civil engineering projects and the employees who complete them, including construction professionals, engineers and safety personnel. Soil mechanics is simply a branch of science that deals with soil properties and behaviors. Though you may not think of soil as a serious business, understanding its properties can make or break jobs, big and small. 


For instance, understanding basic soil mechanics can help employees note hazards before they become bigger problems. This increases job site safety by preventing issues like cave-ins when trenching and excavating large amounts of dirt. On the other hand, advanced soil mechanics safety training provides the ins and outs of protective systems and controls, further reducing risks of collapses to better protect employees.


Ensure your employees are up to speed with the latest OSHA regulations by scheduling a soil mechanics safety course with Herc Rentals. We help your business with OSHA excavation standards, teaching workers about important safety and health components that affect excavation and trenching. For added convenience, our top-notch trainers come to your location and host the soil mechanics course, saving you time and money on training costs.



Overview of Soil Mechanics Safety Training


Basic soil mechanics training covers a variety of topics, including the basic principles. For instance, your employees learn the different soil types and their properties and behaviors. These fundamentals include soil science, such as classifications, structures and grain size, and this knowledge helps with soil testing and analysis. We provide techniques for testing in both the field and laboratory, with an emphasis on how important moisture, compassion, density and shear strength are to the process.


Excavation and Trenching

In Herc Rentals on-site training, we focus on the basics before we move to advanced soil mechanics. This means your employees first learn how to properly use equipment for excavating and trenching soil and dirt, including industry best standards for planning and executing digs. They also learn how to integrate protective systems and controls while excavating and trenching. For example, your employees typically learn about sloping, trench boxes and benching and how each technique prevents collapses. Along with this, they learn different methods for excavation, the equipment that works best for each of them and how to perform these tasks safely and effectively.


Hazard Recognition

Your staff also learns how to identify potential problems when excavating and trenching. Recognizing these hazards helps prevent issues such as equipment failures, cave-ins and environmental concerns. Likewise, we teach the factors that make soil unstable, such as how much water is in the soil, load distribution and slope angles, especially when dealing with soil mechanics drilling. With our techniques, your employees can better analyze slopes and excavations and ensure soil stability before work begins. When things do go wrong, our training provides your staff with procedures and protocols for emergency response and rescue. This includes topics like rescue techniques and basic first aid for when minor or major accidents occur. 


Assessing and Managing Risk

Advanced soil mechanics training helps your employees better assess and manage risk on job sites. We teach techniques to use in trenching and excavation operations, then provide the necessary skills for workers to develop and implement plans that effectively mitigate risks. For added security, we also go over emergency procedures when risk management techniques fail and accidents occur. Our hands-on exercises and simulations give employees a feel for working in the field and make them more confident as they do their jobs going forward.


Our Soil Mechanics Training

Our programs offer a combination of formal and practical training, then we evaluate how each employee integrates the knowledge we provide. The formal portion includes lectures, discussions and written material, such as training information from manufacturers. Practical training provides demonstrations and lets trainees perform hands-on exercises. When our on-site trainers complete these portions, they then evaluate how well your operator did with the application of soil mechanics training.


To learn more about the on-site soil mechanics safety course provided by Herc Rentals, fill out the form on the right to get started today.



Why Is Soil Mechanics Training Important?


At Herc Rentals, we believe in safe work environments. In fact, our mission is SAFETY FIRST. SAFETY ALWAYS. This philosophy goes into our on-site soil mechanics training, equipping employees with the knowledge and skills to correctly use equipment and be aware of potential hazards in their immediate work environment. When they complete our soil mechanics training, they should also be capable of applying preventative measures for safer job sites.


Our soil mechanics safety course aims to significantly reduce injuries and accidents in the workplace. This not only fulfills OSHA requirements but also promotes a company culture that puts safety at the forefront, which can also reduce risks in other areas and make your workforce more conscious of issues so they get addressed before they become problems.



What You’ll Get Out of Our Soil Mechanics Safety Course


When you want to boost the safety of your job sites, consider Herc Rentals' soil mechanics safety course. We provide comprehensive training with both theory and hands-on application of soil mechanics principles. Our course also helps your company meet OSHA regulations and comply with all applicable safety laws and industry standards. 

Learn more about how Herc Rentals can provide the soil mechanics training necessary for your employees to do their jobs safely and effectively. Just fill out the form on the right to learn more about our on-site training programs and how they fit with your company's needs.